Women’s Political Participation

Nepal Local elections 

Nepal Elections: More Women Have a Seat at the Table, But Will They Have a Voice?

December 13, 2017


2017 is a milestone year for Nepal: millions of Nepalis voted in provincial and federal elections which ended last week, and earlier this year, the country held its first local elections in two decades, electing a total of 35,041 local representatives across 753 local levels. The elections were also a high point for women elected leaders, thanks to… Read more


Women Funded 2017: Tools for Turbulent Times

San Francisco, September 6-8, 2017


The Park Central Hotel 50 Third Street, San Francisco, CA The Asia Foundation is proud to be a co-sponsor of the three-day Women’s Funding Network conference. Join 300 women’s fund and foundation leaders, corporate foundations investing in economic security, senior executives of diversity and inclusion initiatives, and issue experts from around the… Read more

A woman sits in a crowd of graduates at Kandahar University. 

The Evolving Role of Women in a Politically Uncertain Afghanistan

December 7, 2016


On June 14, 2014, 2.4 million Afghan women voted in the country’s presidential run-off election—38 percent of total turnout—making it the highest level of women’s electoral participation in Afghanistan’s history. This year, the first women’s university opened in Kabul, Khost province opened its first women’s park, and more women graduated from the… Read more

Womens Political Participation handout 

Advancing Women’s Political Participation

August 9, 2016


Women’s participation in political life and public decision-making is fundamental to equitable societies, effective governance, and improved human development outcomes. When women are able to contribute to decisions that affect their lives – as active citizens, educated voters, and effective leaders – entire communities benefit. The Asia Foundation… Read more


2015 Lotus Leadership Awards

June 4, 2015


On June 3, The Asia Foundation’s Lotus Circle honored journalist and author Sheryl WuDunn, and Dr. Ranjana Kumari, a leader in the women’s rights movement in India, at the fifth annual Lotus Leadership Awards in New York City, for their contributions to the well-being of women and girls in Asia. Ms. WuDunn, the first Asian-American reporter to win… Read more


Asia Foundation Trustee Melanne Verveer Writes on Afghan Women for Politico’s Women Rule

October 16, 2013


Asia Foundation Trustee and former U.S. Ambassador for Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer writes on Afghan women for Politico’s “Women Rule,” a special project by Politico, Google and the Tory Burch Foundation that explores how women are leading change in politics, policy and their communities. Highlighting the contributions of Afghanistan’s mos… Read more


Lotus Circle Advisor Missie Rennie Hosts Lyn Devon Trunk Show to Benefit The Asia Foundation’s Women’s Empowerment Program

October 11, 2013


On September 24, 2013, Asia Foundation Trustee and Lotus Circle Advisor Missie Rennie hosted a trunk show at fashion designer Lyn Devon’s Manhattan showroom to benefit The Asia Foundation’s Women’s Empowerment Program. The all-day event gathered guests including Asia Foundation Trustee and Lotus Circle Advisor Masako H. Shinn and Young Lotus Circle… Read more


USAID Afghanistan Features MORE Project Launch

September 10, 2013

Media Coverage

USAID Afghanistan features the launch of the Ministry of Women’s Affairs Organizational Restructuring and Empowerment Project (MORE), organized by the Ministry of Women’s Affairs (MoWA), The Asia Foundation and USAID. Read the full article: “MORE for Afghan Women’s Empowerment.”


Ms. Magazine: The Asia Foundation Supports Afghan Women’s Political Participation

September 6, 2013

Media Coverage

The September 6 digital edition of Ms. magazine features The Asia Foundation’s DFID-funded partnership with the Afghan Independent Election Commission (IEC) to support Afghan women’s political participation in the 2014-2015 elections. Read the full article here: Multi-Million Dollar Program Announced to Support Afghan Women’s Political Participatio… Read more


Asia Foundation and Independent Election Commission (IEC) Launch “Increasing Women’s Political Participation and Dialogue Opportunities in Afghanistan”

Kabul, Afghanistan, September 4, 2013


On August 28, 2013, The Asia Foundation, in partnership with the Independent Election Commission (IEC) and through financial support of the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID), launched $6.8 million USD (£4.5 million GBP) project, “Increasing Women’s Political Participation and Dialogue Opportunities in Afghanistan,” as… Read more


Tolo News (Afghanistan) Features TAF’s Support for Female Participation in 2014 Elections

August 28, 2013

Media Coverage

Tolo News (Afghanistan) quotes Asia Foundation country representative in Afghanistan Mark Kryzer in a feature on The Asia Foundation and DFID grant to support Afghanistan Independent Election Commission (IEC)’s plan to increase women’s participation in the 2014 elections. Read the full article: “Six Million Dollars Donated to Help Female Participat… Read more


South Asia Women Parliamentarians Take Lead

July 11, 2012


In July 2012 the South Asia Women Parliamentarians Conference in Dhaka, Bangladesh, attracted 130 MPs from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and elsewhere. Women gathered with a goal of creating a strong network and promoting a more effective role for women leaders in national governance across South Asia. The Asia Foundat… Read more


Asia Foundation Receives $1.65 Million Grant to Strengthen Indonesian Women’s Involvement in Politics

Jakarta, November 10, 2010


On November 4, 2010, The Asia Foundation’s Indonesia Representative, Robin Bush, and Norwegian Ambassador to Indonesia, Eivind S. Homme, signed a cooperation agreement in Jakarta focused on increasing Indonesian women’s participation in democratic government. The Royal Norwegian Embassy pledged $1.65 million towards a program that will aid civil so… Read more


Women’s Empowerment in India

September 30, 2010


An analytical overview and issue briefs on women’s empowerment in India, including rights and security, economic opportunities, and women in politics.


Celebrating Women of Asia

March 3, 2010


Millions of women in Asia are on the rise – taking advantage of expanding economic and educational opportunities, political participation, increasing rights and influence within their societies. At the same time, others remain trapped in a cycle of illiteracy, poverty, or ill health, often lacking the means to raise themselves and their families ou… Read more


In Thailand: Empowering Communities and Minorities Hill-Tribe Women Enter the Political Arena

September 11, 2008


The Asia Foundation helps women leaders from eight northern hill-tribes to gain the knowledge, confidence, and momentum needed to join local government.


Royal Norwegian Embassy Collaborates with The Asia Foundation to Advance Women’s Participation in Indonesia Politics

Jakarta, May 9, 2007


Currently, women in Indonesia are significantly under-represented in political participation at all levels and the number of women members of the national legislature is now lower than a decade ago during President Suharto’s New Order era. The Asia Foundation, a non-profit organization devoted to Asia’s development since 1954, announced today it ha… Read more